Sex trafficking of children in the US

According to estimates by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, over 100,000 children and young women are sex trafficked every day in the United States. Most Americans think that this type of human traffic occurs elsewhere in the world in places like Thailand, Cambodia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Throughout the U.S., children, especially girls are abducted or lured from their normal lives to become sex slaves. They often come from abusive homes or are just runaways looking for excitement. Predators are waiting for them, offering friendship and a place to stay.

In time, the children or teenagers become dependent upon them and then are threatened into prostitution. A type of bonding takes place so even when a youngster is rescued, they will return to their captors and continue a life of a sex slave.

Sex slavery of children is pervasive in America to meet the demand for commercial sex. However, when found on the streets, they are also misidentified as juvenile delinquents instead of victims and treated as criminals.

The FBI has a task force that deals exclusively with the sex trafficking of children and in one sting alone, 47 children were rescued who had been coerced or forced into prostitution. No one will ever know the exact number of them that exist in the United States.

On December 10, 2008, Congress passed a bill that was signed by President George W. Bush which provides continuing funds to combat sex trafficking in the United States.

From http://www.examiner.com/x-2547-Watchdog-Politics-Examiner~y2009m2d22-Sex-trafficking-of-children-in-the-US which has links to source material.

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